Tejay van Garderen has made a promising start to his Giro d'Italia debut as he leads BMC Racing in the Italian Grand Tour. Ahead of the first major test on stage 4 he sits 27th on GC, 23 seconds of the maglia rosa.
Van Garderen's teammate and Tour de France hopeful, Richie Porte, took the overall victory at last month's Tour de Romandie and van Garderen rode in support of the Australian. Cyclingnews took the opportunity to take a closer look at van Garderen's bike during the weeklong Swiss stage race.
The BMC Teammachine SLR01 has remained unchanged for nearly four years and despite this, continues to perform at the highest level. BMC Racing Team's bike for the 2017 season sees an update in groupset and wheels only, with the latest electronic groupset from component giant Shimano.
The Shimano Dura-Ace 9150 groupset is complete all but for the crankset. SRM's power meter is yet to be paired with the latest Dura-Ace crankset and with this, Van Garderen is equipped with 9000 series Dura-Ace cranks. As well as the cranks, the bike is also equipped with Dura-Ace 9000 series pedals.
Van Garderen runs his 175mm cranks alongside 53/39 chainrings and an 11-30T Dura-Ace cassette.
A Fizik Aliante VSX saddle sits atop the Teammachine SLR01 'D' carbon seatpost, whilst 3T supply the cockpit and handlebar tape.